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Rageh Omaar speaks to Islamic artists about their designs and techniques. The artistry and the aesthetics of the Islamic world derive from the longstanding rejection of the depiction of human and animal forms in religious art. Instead, traditional Muslim artists choose from a pallette of calligraphy, arabesque and geometry to decorate the pages of the Qur'an and walls of the mosque.
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15 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to introduce a project on art from different cultures. Students could study the history, beliefs and culture that surrounds Islamic art. The class could try to replicate some of the arabesque and geometric designs demonstrated in the clip.

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